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  • n. Plural form of butcherbird.


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  • Mostly, though, they were called butcherbirds, and with good reason.

    The Berkeley Daily Planet, The East Bay's Independent Newspaper

  • This and other shrike species are also called 'butcherbirds' (no relative of the Ozzie birds of the same name) from their rather gruesome but very practical habit of impaling prey items on thorns for later consumption.


  • Malurus splendens tend to sing a particular melody called a "Type II song" just after gray butcherbirds

    Ars Technica

  • This may be because-as long as the fairy wrens are paying attention-butcherbirds are unlikely to snatch them.

    Ars Technica

  • Paramythiidae: tit berrypecker and crested berrypeckers Pachycephalidae: whistlers, shrike-thrushes, pitohuis and allies Artamidae: wood swallows, butcherbirds, currawongs and Australian Magpie Acanthisittidae: New Zealand wrens

    CreationWiki - Recent changes [en]

  • * [[Artamidae]]: wood swallows, butcherbirds, currawongs and Australian Magpie

    CreationWiki - Recent changes [en]

  • A few days ago I was privileged to watch two young butcherbirds fossick around an empty hanging basket - empty because the plant died from neglect and I haven't made it a priority to replace it.

    Gardening Tips 'n' Ideas

  • He keeps an eye on me as if I share his very private thoughts; I mention this because I see him every other day and ask him why he has no mate – he is the greatest hunter I have seen, pity female butcherbirds don’t glean the simple facts, a crop that’s full should beat an empty head awash with song, especially when its hunger calls the tune.

    Archive 2007-07-01


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